Washington, D.C., January 30, 2019

 

 

THE AMBASSADOR OF MEXICO TO THE UNITED STATES, MARTHA BÁRCENA,
VISITS SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS

 

 

The Embassy of Mexico in the United States informs that Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui will visit San Antonio, Texas next February 2-4, where she will participate as the keynote speaker of the 90th Annual Gala of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. She will also meet with legislators, community leaders on education cooperation, civil society organizations, and representatives from the North America Development Bank, among others.

 

The main purpose of her visit is to further develop and strengthen the dialogue between U.S. local and state authorities, as well as to spread the priorities of the Government of Mexico regarding its new migratory policy, based on development and the respect of human rights; the importance of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA); and to make visible the invaluable contribution of Mexican and Mexican origin citizens to the society, culture and economy of the United States.

 

With a population of almost 8 million people of Mexican origin, Texas is the second largest state after California where most Mexican nationals live in the United States. Only in the area covered by the Consulate of Mexico in San Antonio, there is an estimated population of one million and a half Mexicans.

 

Besides being profoundly linked in terms of history and culture, Mexico and Texas are strategic trading partners. In 2017, trade between them reached $187 billion dollars, an increase of 377% since NAFTA came into effect in 1994. More than 382,000 jobs in Texas depend on trade with Mexico. Further, our country is the main market in the world for exports from Texas, which in 2017 reached more than $97 billion dollars.

 

These numbers would not be possible without the valuable contribution of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the city’s private sector. Their role will be crucial during the ratification process of the USMCA.

 

 

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